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Thursday, December 14, 2017 Due to the snow day, students need to take time to revise and make final corrections on short stories and resubmit in Google Classroom. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
75 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Students will continue to share short stories with peers for feedback. Once short stories are graded, students may revise them and resubmit in Google Classroom. The last day to turn in revised work will be Mon., 12/ 18. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
74 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Students will continue to share short stories with peers for feedback. Once short stories are graded, students may revise them and resubmit in Google Classroom. The last day to turn in revised work will be Mon., 12/ 18. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
73 Monday, December 11, 2017 Students will share short stories with peers for feedback. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
72 Friday, December 8, 2017 Students will complete drafting scripts. Turn in rubric at the end of class today. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
71 Thursday, December 7, 2017 Students will continue drafting scripts. Follow rubric guidelines. Obtain teacher pre-approval for bonus points. Students will work on scripts; final drafts will be due Fri., 12/8. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
70 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Students will begin drafting scripts. Follow rubric guidelines. Obtain teacher pre-approval for bonus points. Students will work on scripts; final drafts will be due Fri., 12/8. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time. Scriptwriting Rubric
69 Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Students will continue script writing exercises with partners. Bring notebooks/journals daily and prepare to continue our script writing unit. Students will work on script writing ideas this week; final drafts will be due Fri., 12/8. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
68 Monday, December 4, 2017 Students will complete viewing and critiquing a teleplay. Then, students who have not performed their script writing exercise need to do so today. Bring notebooks/journals daily and prepare to continue our script writing unit. Students will work on script writing ideas this week; final drafts will be due Fri., 12/8. Check exam schedule. Our final will consist of drafting an in-class memoir prompt: "My first..." Students must report during the scheduled exam date. The prompt will not be provided until that time.
67 Friday, December 1, 2017 Students will complete their script writing exercises prior to critiquing a teleplay. Next week, bring notebooks/journals and prepare to continue our script writing unit.
66 Thursday, November 30, 2017 Students need to share their short stories in Google Classroom and turn in rubrics. Bring notebooks/journals. We will continue our introduction to script writing on Fri., 12/1. Script Writing Exercises
65 Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Students need to confer with teacher about their short story drafts. This is the final day that class time will be allotted to work on drafts. Short story final drafts need to be shared in Google Classroom by Thurs., 11/30. Turn in rubrics to Mrs. O'Janpa on Thurs., 11/30. We will begin our script writing unit on Fri., 12/1.
64 Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Students need to confer with teacher about their short story drafts. Time will be allotted to work on drafts. On Wed., 11/29, students will continue drafting their short stories in Google Classroom. Short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30.
63 Monday, November 27, 2017 Review how to prepare for short story final drafts. We will discuss famous short story openings. Students will continue drafting their short stories in Google Classroom. Short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30. CW Famous Short Story Openings
62 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Students will discuss and review the poetry slam key points. Then, we will discuss upcoming contests. Lastly, students need to share their first drafts for their short stories in Google Classroom. Review how to prepare for short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30.
61 Monday, November 20, 2017 Students will attend a Poetry Slam workshop in the library. On Tues., 11/21, we will discuss upcoming contests and review how to prepare for short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30.
60 Friday, November 17, 2017 Students will continue working on drafting short stories and working with peer editors. Teacher will have continue individual student conferences to check on progress. All students must work on short stories, contest entries, or poetry slam practice during class today. Poetry Slam workshop will be Mon., 11/20. Tues., 11/21, we will review how to prepare for short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30.
59 Thursday, November 16, 2017 Students will draft short stories and work with peer editors. Teacher will have individual student conferences to check on progress. All students must work on short stories, contest entries, or poetry slam during class time. Students will have class time to work on short story drafts through Fri. Share drafts in Google Classroom by Fri., 11/17. Poetry Slam workshop will be Mon., 11/20. Tues., 11/21, we will review how to prepare for short story final drafts which will be due Thurs., 11/30.
58 Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Students will draft short stories and work with peer editors. Teacher will have individual student conferences to check on progress. All students must work on short stories, contest entries, or poetry slam during class time. Students will have class time to work on short story drafts through Fri. Share drafts in Google Classroom by Fri., 11/17. Poetry Slam workshop will be Mon., 11/20.
57 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Students will finish presenting final pitches. Everyone must participate by sharing and offering feedback. We will brainstorm for the "Stop the Hate" contest and prepare for upcoming poetry slam workshop. Wed. - Fri. this week, students will have class time to work on short story drafts. First drafts for short stories will be due Fri., Nov. 17. Share in Google Classroom. Poetry Slam workshop will be Mon., 11/20.
56 Monday, November 13, 2017 Students will finish presenting elevator pitches. Everyone must participate by sharing and offering feedback. We will discuss the "Stop the Hate" contest as well as the upcoming poetry slam workshop. Bring journals and binders next week. First drafts for short stories will be due Fri., Nov. 17. Share in Google Classroom.
55 Friday, November 10, 2017 Students will present elevator pitches. Everyone must participate by sharing and offering feedback. We will discuss the "Stop the Hate" contest as well as the upcoming poetry slam workshop. Bring journals and binders next week. First drafts for short stories will be due Fri., Nov. 17. Share in Google Classroom.
54 Thursday, November 9, 2017 Students will prepare elevator pitches. They need to be written during class in order to share tomorrow. Work with a peer editor. Students need to share elevator pitch on Fri., 11/10.
53 Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Students will present queries, a three-paragraph pitch. Include a hook, mini-synopsis, and reasons for writing it. Everyone must participate. Students need to share elevator pitch on Fri., 11/10.
52 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Students will begin planning their short stories. Prepare query, a three paragraph pitch. Include a hook, mini-synopsis, and why you wrote it. Share queries Wed., 11/8 and elevator pitch Fri., 11/10.
51 Monday, November 6, 2017 Students will re-evaluate memoirs as potential topic ideas for short stories. Remember, everyone must participate. Bring notebooks and journals daily. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. We will continue moving forward to the last two pitches this Wed. and Fri. Preplanning for Short Story
50 Friday, November 3, 2017 We will continue move to elevator pitches today. Also, students will re-evaluate memoirs as potential topic ideas for short stories. Remember, everyone must participate. Bring notebooks and journals daily. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. We will continue moving forward to the last two pitches next Wed. and Fri.
49 Thursday, November 2, 2017 We will continue our discussion/presentation of the log lines for short story pitches. Also, students will begin drafting elevator pitches. Bring notebooks and journals all week. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. Fri., 11/3, prepare for short story pitches.
48 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 We will complete our discussion of the short story pitches and see if any students are ready to present log lines. Then, continue exercises in dialogue, point-of-view, and conflict/resolution. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. Bring notebooks and journals all week. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. Fri., 11/3, prepare for short story pitches.
47 Tuesday, October 31, 2017 We will continue to discuss dialogue, point-of-view, and conflict/resolution. Students will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story topics. Bring notebooks and journals all week. Wed., 11/1, prepare for short story pitches. Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing
46 Monday, October 30, 2017 Complete viewing Twilight Zone episode. Discuss of dialogue, point-of-view, and conflict/resolution. On Tues., 10/31, we will re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story ideas.
45 Friday, October 27, 2017 We will continue our point of view exercises. Then, share weekly journal entries and view/write endings for another Twilight Zone episode. On Mon., 10/30, students will need journals and notebooks with loose-leaf paper. Prepare to re-evaluate memoirs, fables, and recent journal entries for potential short story ideas.
44 Thursday, October 26, 2017 First, journal time will be allotted; then, we will review the one-page "believable dialogue" scenarios. We will further discuss point of view. On Fri., Oct. 27, students will share their favorite journal entry and continue the second "Write the Twilight Zone ending" exercise.
43 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 First, journal time will be allotted; refer to the topic on the chalkboard. Then, with assigned partners, write out two one-page "believable dialogue" scenarios. Turn in at the end of class and prepare to read aloud tomorrow. Bring notebook paper and journals daily. Prepare to share at the end of the week. Fri., 10/27, we will continue our "Write the Twilight Zone ending" exercise.
42 Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Continue with "beginning/middle/end" exercises. Allot journal time. Discuss and begin "believable dialogue" practice. This week, be sure to bring notebook paper and journals daily. Prepare to share at the end of the week.
41 Monday, October 23, 2017 Discuss new journal topics. We will review expansion in short stories. Then, we will begin analyzing the importance of conclusions. Discuss upcoming contests. This week, be sure to bring notebook paper and journals daily.
40 Friday, October 20, 2017 We will finish discussing expansion in short stories. Then, we will begin analyzing the importance of conclusions. We will view a Twilight Zone episode. Next week, be sure to bring notebook paper and journals daily. NYT Student Review Contest
39 Thursday, October 19, 2017 We will transition from non-fiction to fiction. Students will take notes on the basics of writing short stories. We will continue our introduction to the short story on Fri., 10/20. Bring notebook paper and journals daily. Expansion in Short Stories
38 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 After handing in fables with attached rubrics, students will begin note-taking and discussing short stories. We will continue our introduction to the short story on Fri., 10/20. Bring notebook paper and journals daily.
37 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 With assigned partners, students will continue constructing fables. We will work on fable writing through Wednesday. Bring notebook paper and journals.
36 Monday, October 16, 2017 With assigned partners, students will begin constructing fables. We will work on fable writing through Wednesday. Bring notebook paper and journals. CW Project Fable
35 Thursday, October 12, 2017 Students will share excerpts from memoir journal entries. We will have an introduction to fables. We will begin our fable writing exercises next week. Bring notebook paper and journals.
34 Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Students will continue pre-writing for two memoir topics, and share with peer editors. Bring notebook paper and journals all this week as we complete our memoir unit on Thurs., 10/12. Turn in two hand-written sample memoir final drafts with rubric and peer editing sheet on Thurs., 10/12.
33 Tuesday, October 10, 2017 We will review the guidelines and rubrics for the upcoming memoir assignment. Students will draft pre-writing for two memoir topics (today and tomorrow), and share with peer editors. Bring notebook paper and journals all this week as we complete our memoir unit on Thurs., 10/12. Turn in two hand-written sample memoir final drafts with rubric and peer editing sheet on Thurs., 10/12. Memoir Rubric and Peer Editing
32 Monday, October 9, 2017 Students decide upon first of two memoir topics for upcoming memoir assignment. We will discuss selecting topics, peer editors, and rubrics. Bring notebook paper and journals all this week as we complete our memoir unit on Thurs., 10/12. Turn in two hand-written sample memoir final drafts with rubric and peer editing sheet on Thurs., 10/12. Step One Memoir Writing
31 Friday, October 6, 2017 Students will share their weekly journal entries pertaining to memoir writing. Bring notebook paper and journals all next week as we complete our memoir unit.
30 Thursday, October 5, 2017 Review and discuss "19 Memoir Tips." With partner, attempt #9 in class. Then, continue daily journaling. On Fri., 10/6, prepare to share any of this week's journal entries. Memoir Writing Tips
29 Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Continue daily journaling. We will discuss and take notes on the final step of our three-day memoir preparation exercises. All week, bring journals and binders. Participant in daily memoir exercises.
28 Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Continue daily journaling. Participate in memoir exercises. We will discuss and take notes on "Your Crucial Incident(s)." All week, bring journals and binders. Participant in daily memoir exercises.
27 Monday, October 2, 2017 Back to daily journaling. Introduce memoir exercises: "Three Things You Must Write Down." We will move from rant guidelines to memoir tips. Participate in memoir exercises. All week, bring journals and binders and have your notes and ideas ready to discuss about rants. Memoir Journaling Exercises
26 Friday, September 29, 2017 Students will share one poem or previous journal entry from journals. Then, we will continue with rant/memoir unit introduction. For Mon., 10/2, bring journals and binders and have your notes and ideas ready to discuss about rants. How to Write a Rant
25 Thursday, September 28, 2017 Students will finalize drafting their chapbooks and working with peer editors during class. Refer to guidelines for chapbook and be sure to check off every requirement. Share chapbooks in Google Classroom. Hand in rubric at the end of class. Students may share a poem aloud from their chapbooks on Fri., 9/29. Also, on Fri., we will begin our memoir/rant unit.
24 Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Students will continue drafting their chapbooks and working with peer editors during class. Refer to guidelines for chapbook and be sure to check off every requirement. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28. Share chapbooks in Google Classroom. Hand in rubric at the end of class. Students may share a poem aloud from their chapbooks on Fri., 9/29. Also, on Fri., we will begin our memoir/rant unit.
23 Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Students will continue drafting their chapbooks and working with peer editors during class. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28.
22 Monday, September 25, 2017 Students will continue drafting their chapbooks. Also, every student will be required to have a conference during class with Mrs. O'Janpa. Prepare to discuss your chapbook proposals. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28.
21 Friday, September 22, 2017 Students will continue drafting their chapbooks. Students need to turn in 1.) the name of their chapbook peer editor (in our class) and 2.) an description of their theme/proposal for upcoming chapbooks. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28.
20 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Students continue drafting, revising, and editing original poetry. We will view various chapbook samples. Due Fri., 9/22, students need to partner with a peer editor (in our class) and turn in 1/2 - one page explanation of their theme and proposal for upcoming chapbooks. Work on past original sonnets, verses, odes, ballads, or historical poems. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28. Chapbook Guidelines and Rubric
19 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Students will begin drafting, revising, and editing original poetry. We will review the chapbook guidelines. Due Fri., 9/22, students need to partner with a peer editor (in our class) and turn in 1/2 - one page explanation of their theme and proposal for upcoming chapbooks. Work on past original sonnets, verses, odes, ballads, or historical poems. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Final drafts for chapbooks will be due Thurs., 9/28. Chapbook Guidelines and Rubric
18 Monday, September 18, 2017 Students will select a poem from The Poetry Foundation and practice poet modeling. Turn in first draft at the end of class. Work on past original sonnets, verses, odes, ballads, or historical poems. We will be focusing on creating original poetry this week, so bring previous drafts and journal entries. Select a poem
17 Friday, September 15, 2017 Students will share Week 4 journal entry. Then, we will continue our work with odes and ballads. Bring journals and binders to class.
16 Thursday, September 14, 2017 Students will continue working on shape poetry and historic poetry. Then, we will discuss odes and ballads. Work on Week 4 journal entries. Bring journals and binders to class.
15 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 We will complete historic poetry and point of view exercises. Work on Week 4 journal entries. Bring journals and binders to class.
14 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 We will continue working on historic poetry and point of view exercises. Work on Week 4 journal entries. Bring journals and binders to class.
13 Monday, September 11, 2017 We will work on historic poetry and point of view exercises. Work on Week 4 journal entries. Bring journals and binders to class.
12 Friday, September 8, 2017 Students will share Week 3 journal entries, sonnets, and paste pot poems. For Mon., Sept. 11, we will work on historic poetry. Bring journals and binders to class.
11 Thursday, September 7, 2017 Time will be allotted for writing Week 3 journal entries. Partners will complete their assigned sonnets. Then, we will work on paste pot poems. Due Fri., Sept. 8, student revisions and journal writing for Week 3.
10 Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Time will be allotted for writing Week 3 journal entries. Also, we will complete our group sonnet work from yesterday. Then, in partners, students will construct at least one original example from the assorted verses. Topics will be assigned for each pair. Partner verses will be due at the end of class on Thurs., Sept. 7. Also, on Thurs., we will discuss Paste Pot poems. Due Fri., Sept. 8, student revisions and journal writing for Week 3. Writing Assorted Verses
9 Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Students will continue practicing the Five W's poems. Also, we will discuss how to construct cinquain and introduce sonnets. Bring necessary materials to class. Due Fri., Sept. 8, student revisions and journal writing for Week 3. Cinquain Graphic Organizer
8 Thursday, August 31, 2017 Students will share their favorite selection from Week 2 journal entry prompts. Afterwards, we will practice writing Five W's poems. For Tues., Sept. 5, bring necessary materials to class. Students may work on revisions and journal writing for Week 3.
7 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Students will have allotted time to write Week 2 journal entry prompts. Afterwards, students may revise their "Mood Poem" exercises. However, these will be checked later, so keep them in your notebooks. Lastly, the class will work as a whole composing imagery writing exercises, also to be kept student notebooks. Have Week 2 journal entry prompts ready to share for with our class for Thurs., Aug. 31.
6 Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Students will review/revise the "I Do Not Understand" poems. Then, each student will compose an individual sample for the exercise, "Mood Poem." Begin the second week list of journal entries any time. Time yourself for at least five minutes of writing and strive for at least one-page each. Prepare to share your favorite this Thurs., Aug. 31. CW Grading Materials Policies
5 Monday, August 28, 2017 We will finish sharing our journal entries at the start of class. Then, we will review/revise the "I Do Not Understand" poems. Lastly, we will complete a first draft for a "Mood Poem." Begin the second week list of journal entries any time. Time yourself for at least five minutes of writing and strive for at least one-page each. CW Exercise 2 Mood Poem
4 Friday, August 25, 2017 Time will be allotted to write in journals at the start of class. Everyone will share their favorite journal entry. Lastly, we will review/revise the "I Do Not Understand" poems. Revisions will be due at the end of class. Write out any journal entries that you missed from our Week One prompts. You may begin the second week list any time. Time yourself for at least five minutes of writing and strive for at least one-page every time.
3 Thursday, August 24, 2017 Time will be allotted to write in journals at the start of class. We will discuss writing poetry and complete our first exercise. After viewing the first week writing prompts, try to write one page for each in your journal by Thurs., Aug. 24. Prepare to share your favorite one with the class. I Do Not Understand Poem
2 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Review how and why to keep and maintain a journal. After viewing the first week writing prompts, try to write one page for each in your journal by Thurs., Aug. 24. Prepare to share your favorite one with the class. Keeping a Journal Beginning Journal Prompts
1 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 We will have ice breakers and write about our interests. Students will need a notebook and journal for class Wed., Aug. 23.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Welcome To Mrs. O'Janpa's Creative Writing. Prior to the first day of class, students need to have paper and a pen/pencil. Be prepared to write off-the-cuff on the first day of class. Under the Teacher Created Resources Section, read the class overview and have all the materials needed for daily class by Wed., Aug. 23. Creative Writing 2017-2018 Overview